Mahesh Bhatt: Won’t make Murder, Raaz franchises without Emraan Hashmi

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says his nephew Emraan Hashmi will continue to be a part of hit franchises like Raaz and Murder

There were reports that actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen in Bhatt’s upcoming film Ek Villain, will be part of the forthcoming installments of Raaz and Murder. A report claimed that Sidharth had signed a multiple-film deal with the banner (Vishesh Films).

Quashing such reports, Bhatt said only Emraan will take forward the franchises. “Going by the numbers, it is impossible for us to separate the Murder and Raaz franchises from Emraan. He is an integral and inseparable part of the brand,”said Bhatt.

Citing the example of Murder 3 (2013), which starred Randeep Hooda and Aditi Rao Hydari, Bhatt said, “We have burnt our fingers thoroughly with Murder 3, a venture Emraan did not spearhead, and we do not plan to repeat that. Whoever is spreading these rumours (of Sidharth doing the franchise) has vested interests and is way out of line. I hope this puts the malice to rest…we will not make (the next) Murder or Raaz without Emraan,” he said.

Before starting his journey as an actor, Emraan worked with Vishesh Films as an assistant director on Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz (2002). In 2003, he made his acting debut with Bhatt’s Footpath and was then seen in erotic thriller Murder (2004), which was successful at the box office.

Subsequently, Emraan appeared in several hit films, mostly under the Vishesh Films banner, like Zeher, Kalyug, Gangster, Awarapan, Jannat, Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Murder 2, Jannat 2, Raaz 3D and others.